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Hegel on the ‘Other’: introducing the concept of recognition in Hegel’s Phenomenology (2009)

Author: P. Tonner

Affiliation: Research Support Officer for Glasgow Museums, Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow and an Associate Lecturer with The Open University

Article type: Standard scientific article

Section: History of Philosophy

Language: language

Abstract (english):

This paper introduces the notion of Recognition in the section of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit entitled ‘A. INDEPENDENCE AND DEPENDENCE OF SELF-CONSCIOUSNESS: LORDSHIP AND BONDAGE’ by way of a commentary. Hegel’s view is that in order for any self-consciousness to obtain it must be acknowledged as such by another self-consciousness. For Hegel, acknowledgement emerges as a necessary condition for self-consciousness. As such, Hegel’s account of self-consciousness raises the problem of intersubjectivity, or the account of the relation between more than one self-consciousness and I suggest, without attempting to establish, some intuitive lines of defence of the Hegelian position. I suggest that the dialectic of lordship and bondage, or as it is commonly referred to, the Master-Slave dialectic, cannot be fully comprehended without an adequate understanding of Hegel’s account of Recognition.

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